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Our daughter with her mission team doing the Surf Project in Ireland.

Kitty, our cat. We miss him alot and so do his pals Oreo and Caspian...8/2003-3/19/2015




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WELCOME! to my Spark Page.

Come, sit down and have a cup of tea while we get to know each other!

Hope you enjoy your stay!

With the season of Autumn comes cool crisp days and nights, along with the bountiful harvest of the fruits of our labors.
For me it has also meant a lot of changes in my life.

I have a bible verse to share that means a lot to me right now...

1 Corinthians 10:13
"No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it"

The past year has had its share of trials and tribulations for me.
I recently received a diagnosis of arthritis in my knees.
I am learning how important it is to stay close to the Lord during these trials that I am facing. For I can do nothing without His help.
God is calling me to become closer to Him as I deal with the challenges that arthritis brings.

Member Since: 2/3/2010

My Goals:
Revised goals for 2016

To put God first in my life where He belongs and live my life the way He wants me to.

Daily Bible Reading and prayer time.

To continue living a healthy lifestyle.

To get a good night's sleep on a consistent basis.

Keep my priorities in order.
To return to a simple lifestyle.

Immediate weight loss goals:
Lose weight regained 5 lbs at a time

My Program:
Continue to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Exercise and nutrition commitment:
Keep to a heart healthy dietary regimen. I need to stay on a low sodium, low sugar and low protein diet. Keep my calorie intake between 1200-1400 per day, and my sugar intake below 25mg./day.

Use stationary bike at least 10 minutes/day.
Do my exercises from PT each day.
Find fun and new ways to keep active while dealing with arthritis in my knees.

Personal Information:
My name is Sue.
I am 61 years old and live in Washington State.
I have been married for 38 years, have four adult sons and one adult daughter..
At last count our pets included one cat and one dog.

I have been a homeschooling mom for
almost 30 years, and now I am looking for some other meaningful way to fill my hours and days.
Hoping I can find a ministry to be involved with.

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My Mission Statement:

I am a child of God, made in His Image, who seeks to be more Christlike every day.
I desire to do the work God has set before me and to do that work I need to be healthy and strong.
I will achieve my goals through diet, exercise and a lifestyle change while seeking God each day, so I can become the person God has created me to be.

Mission verse:
Psalms 139:14a
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Motivational quotes:

Deuteronomy 7:6: �Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.�

1 Corinthians 10:13
"No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it"

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    Hey, sound like you're recovering! emoticon Slow and steady. We have to take good care of ourselves. Nothing has taught me that as much as AGING. emoticon
    479 days ago
    Hi Sue,

    How's the knee? Hope you're feeling better. Just got in from a walk a little bit ago and thinking about breakfast. My sister is coming into town for my Mom's 80th birthday. We'll be celebrating that at lunch. Since I retired from my job, life is good. I'm so enjoying not having to go to work and I have more time for Sparking, reading, walking, yard work, goofing off. It's great.

    Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend. emoticon
    480 days ago
    Hi Sue,

    thank you so much for dropping a note on my page. It was so nice to see it today, when I (finally) went back on after the move. We made it to Idaho!! It was by far the most exhausting move we have had (still kind of is). We are now in a house, but it is still empty, as our furniture has not arrived yet. so basically, we have been camping since May...
    It will be so nice to have our own "stuff" again!
    How are you doing? Are you part of teh summer challenge? I had to skip that one, because of the move. But I am waiting to get into the fall one!!
    How is your knee?
    Hopefully, all is going well for you,
    493 days ago
    Hi Sue,
    Sorry to hear you're still having problems with your knee. Age is going to get us all in the end. I'm slower than I used to be, but still moving. Some days are better than others. I imagine your daughter had an amazing time in Ireland. What a great opportunity. I haven't been on Spark much, either, but I'm hoping to change that now that I have more time. Take care, Sweetie. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    494 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2015 1:59:05 PM
    emoticon I am still in a lot of pain. I have not been talking on the phone much at all. For some reason it hurts too much. I am glad that you are beginning to feel better.

    We also had a cool down, but it has not been too hot here, not really bad anyway.

    When my ear infection goes away I'll give you a call. emoticon
    513 days ago
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